Captain Tommy Fraser returns from suspension for Port Vale as they host Morecambe looking to cut the gap between themselves and the top seven.

Fraser saw red in the dying stages at Barnet back in November and has subsequently missed the matches against Torquay, Huddersfield and Lincoln - the latter being a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night, which was only the club's second in their last 10 games.

The midfielder is likely to return to Micky Adams' starting XI as he looks for his charges to take as many points as possible from a month he believes will determine whether they face a promotion or relegation battle come spring.

Centre-back Gareth Owen remains on the sidelines after a successful operation to repair his fractured cheekbone

Otherwise, Adams has no injury or suspension concerns.

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy again looks set to be without skipper Jim Bentley and midfielder Ian Craney.

Long-serving defender Bentley has missed the last four matches because of a calf injury sustained during the 2-1 win at Crewe on November 14.

Craney, on loan from Huddersfield, has missed the last two matches due to a knock and is also rated doubtful.

The Shrimps are looking to make it six wins on the bounce and are unlikely to make any changes to the side that beat Bury 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Long-term absentee Manny Panther remains sidelined along with fellow midfielder Fraser McLachlan, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

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